“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior.”

// Titus 1:1-3

In order to live out our calling and see the promises on our lives come to fruition, we have to step out of our limited understanding. We need to die to self, forgetting the ways we once thought and acted, and to find our strength and faith in Christ. This is emulating godliness.

The devil’s two biggest tricks are distraction and disunity. If he can remove us from our God-given calling, we lose effectiveness in our church, community, work and families. Darkness is often used by him as a mask, making obstacles in our way seem much bigger and tougher than they really are. The devil tries to distract us with a path that seems just good enough so that we settle and lose focus on the great path that leads to God's actual promise. If we stay in the dark, we get farther and farther from truth, distancing us from our true purpose.

Much like a light source reveals the contents of a lightless room, truth reveals the realities of our world. Without illumination, our perception is limited to shadows, stubbed toes and our own wild imaginations. Truth is given by seeking it – by making God's presence paramount in our day-to-day lives. Through this intimate relationship comes revelatory knowledge of truth that brings light. By letting our relationship with God illuminate our world, we begin to see as God does. Godliness in these verses speak of being able to perceive our lives, the lives around us, and the promises of God as He sees them.

Once we start seeing through heaven's eyes, we look at people in a new light. We see beyond our current circumstance, understanding that we are part of God’s broader, multi-generational story. If we put our eyes on Christ, we are able to emulate Him in our sphere of influence.

Our faith in His calling on our lives must come from the knowledge of truth being revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. It's our anchor into God's reality amidst a sea of wavering opinions, temptations and counterfeit options.

// Mike Akins